Discussion beyond English on IETF mailing lists
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Network Working Group                                            L. Wood
Internet-Draft                                             Surrey alumni
Intended status: Experimental                          November 19, 2016
Expires: May 23, 2017

            Discussion beyond English on IETF mailing lists
                draft-wood-discussion-beyond-english-00

Abstract

   The IETF requires English for technical discussion in working groups,
   in working group documents and in anything considered for
   publication.  Use of English simplifies overhead and makes for clear
   discussion of a single document in a single language, but
   disadvantages those who lack fluency and comfort in English.

   This document proposes setting up talk mailing lists for languages
   other than English, where technical matters can be discussed in
   comfort, and perhaps even be written up in internet-draft form in a
   language other than English.  Once technical ideas are in place, a
   draft can move forward to a working group in English.

   Exposing non-English speakers to the IETF will, in the interests of
   diversity, allow them to gain familiarity with IETF processes while
   discussing with other fluent speakers of their language.  This
   benefits the IETF by attracting a broader constituency while meeting
   its diversity goals.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction to Proposal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Details considered  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   6.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3

1.  Introduction to Proposal

   We propose that the IETF set up a number of non-working-group mailing
   lists for discussion in different languages.  These can be run as
   talk-[ISO639 language code]@ietf.org, e.g. talk-ja@ietf.org for
   Japanese, talk-zh@ietf.org for Chinese, etc [ISO639].

   Experienced IETFers fluent in each language can volunteer and be
   assigned to guide each discussion, explaining IETF matters, and
   dealing with technical issues.  They can guide ideas to draft form in
   the appropriate language, and eventually to the IETF's working
   language of English.  A list in the language can be set it up if one
   or two IETFer guides are available and willing to follow discussion.

2.  Details considered

   For simplicity and clarity, ISO-639-1:2002 two-letter coding takes
   precedence.  More complex codings are unlikely to be required at this
   early stage.

   While working group discussion is in English and working group drafts
   are in English, and normally in ASCII, there is nothing requiring

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   individual internet-drafts to be in English or in ASCII.  Other forms
   of individual draft, e.g. portable document format (pdf), are
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